Traffic Detour & Closures

111th Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival - February 7-11, 2024

WC Button 2024The 111th Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival rides into the Yampa Valley between February 7-11 and the city will be utilizing the circular detour plan to serve US40 thru-traffic, enhance emergency access, and improve traffic circulation over the festive weekend. 

The detour will use a circular configuration that sees US40 eastbound traffic diverted onto Yampa Street and US40 westbound traffic onto Oak Street. The city has hired a traffic control company to assist in running the detour including signage, barriers, and flaggers at key intersections.

Winter Carnival Detour Poster 2024Starting early Saturday morning, westbound traffic will turn right on 5th St, then left onto Oak St before continuing down to 11th St and US40. In addition, motorists looking to access Howelsen Hill from Lincoln will not be able to turn left at 5th Street or access 5th St from the alley between 3rd to 5th. Individuals will need to follow the circular detour or use River Road. Eastbound traffic will turn right at 11th St, then left onto Yampa St. Traffic will travel the six-blocks down Yampa to 5th St before returning US40/Lincoln Ave. 

The detour plan goes into effect starting Saturday, Feb 10 at 2am and runs through the conclusion of the street events. The following morning, Sunday, Feb 11, the closure/detour begins at 4am and runs through around 2pm. At the conclusion of the street events, crews will plow the snow to the parking lanes and reopen Lincoln Ave. Keep in mind that on-street parking along Lincoln Avenue will not be available after the street events on Saturday due to snow storage.